What If You Struggle With Parts of the Bible?

Apologetics and Theology

I love the Bible and have spent much of the last two decades studying it both inside and outside of school. I teach it and I preach it. But there are parts, especially in the […]

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Are Microchips the Mark of the Beast?

Apologetics and Theology

For decades I have heard people claim that a time is coming when the government will insert microchips in our hands and this will be the mark of the beast. What is the mark of […]

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Why is History Important For Christian Apologists?

Apologetics and Theology

Many of the Christian apologists that I talk to focus much of their thought on philosophy. Some of them almost equate philosophy and apologetics. I would like to suggest that Christian apologists need to focus […]

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The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most

Apologetics and Theology

I don’t know how many times I have heard a skeptic say to me, “How can you trust the Bible when it has been translated so many times. What they are claiming is that the […]

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What Not to Do and What to Do When Someone Doubts

Apologetics and Theology

We have been hearing a lot about people struggling with doubt and even walking away from the faith. I remember as a youth pastor having one of the youth, who had seemed strong in his […]

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Is Swearing a Sin?

Apologetics and Theology

Are Christians allowed to swear? Is swearing a sin? I have been thinking about this for some time. I remember picking up Bono on Bono : Conversations With Michka Assayas at a Christian bookstore. In it, […]

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What Should You Do If You Begin to Doubt?

Apologetics and Theology

There have been a number of recent stories about high profile Christians either announcing they have left the faith or that their faith is shaky. However, there are plenty of people that we have never […]

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Apologetics With Authenticity

Apologetics and Theology

Each generation is different and we need to be prepared to communicate with them on their terms. One of the values that have been identified is authenticity. This doesn’t mean that there is no longer […]

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4 Things That the Jehovah’s Witnesses Get Wrong About Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

I have been interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses for a long time. They have a lot of unique beliefs. But as I argue in my book, The Watchtower and the Word, we should focus our […]

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Generous Spaciousness – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I believe that the most radical change I have seen in the past decade has been around attitudes toward homosexuality, both in society and the church. It was not long ago that being gay was […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home – Review

Comic Book Geek

Peter Parker just wants to enjoy his class trip to Europe. But when your alter ego is Spider-Man, you know that is not going to happen. Far From Home continues the fun but thoughtful Spider-Man […]

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Miracles – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the books that I had been looking forward to reading was Miracles by Craig Keener. My hesitance was that it was a two volume hardback and thought it would take a long time […]

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Thoughts on Reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Apologetics and Theology

I did it. I finally did it. I read the entire Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth. What’s the big deal? This is no simple systematic theology. It is the size of an encyclopedia set. And […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Why Bother?

Apologetics and Theology

I have been doing a series on Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses. But it is a fair question to ask why I would bother. Growing up, my dad would make us pretend that we weren’t home […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you might find interesting. Origins of a Dictum – David Klinghoffer An Itsy Bitsy Spider Inspires Cosmic Musings – Ian McKerracher What is the Relationship Between Science and Christian Theology? – […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Six

Apologetics and Theology

I had another conversation with some Jehovah’s Witnesses, once again concerning the kingdom of God. I do consider the kingdom of God to be an essential topic (unlike attitudes toward birthdays or the shape of […]

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Jordan Peterson and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life. It is written as a self-help book, and it is fine within those limits. But some of his religious interpretation are a stretch. One is […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts you might find interesting. So The Next Generation Will Know Review – Mark Goodnight A Response to Ben Bavar on Act and Potency, Part 1 – Harrison Jennings The Council […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Five

Apologetics and Theology

I once more had a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness (and a new partner) focused largely (but not completely) on the kingdom of God. After numerous conversations on the kingdom of God, it is clear […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Every Apologist Needs to Know About 1 Peter 3:15 – Mikel Del Rosario Assessing Aquinas – Isaac Pain Concepts Create Idols – Nate Sala […]

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Is Canada Arresting Christian Pastors and Banning Public Preaching?

Apologetics and Theology

My newsfeed has included a lot of posts about the recent arrest of David Lynn, a Christian evangelist. He had been preaching on the streets of a largely gay neighbourhood in Toronto during Pride Month. […]

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D-Day and the Kingdom of God

Apologetics and Theology

As I write this, it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. I have great interest in this as a student of military history. But this is not my Second World War […]

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Is Ontario Considering Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith?

Apologetics and Theology

I recently came across an article titled Ontario Considers Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith for Christians by “Activist Mommy.” As a resident of Ontario and as a Christian pastor, this got my attention. I would […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to take a look at. Who Created God? – Chad Gross Thinking practically about the gospel with an illustration from a war movie – Wintery Knight Book Review: […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Four

Apologetics and Theology

It has been quite a few weeks, but I finally had another opportunity to visit with a pair of Jehovah’s witnesses again. Once again, our conversation revolved around the nature of the kingdom of God. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Coming to Terms with the Problem of Evil – Randal Rauser A Look at William Lane Craig’s Comment: “The Ultimate Apologetic is Your Life” – […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Let Your Kids Ask ANY Question They Have – Travis Dickinson Is religious experience just brain activity? – Sharon Dirckx Competitive Endogenous RNA Hypothesis Supports […]

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Atheists and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

A recent Twitter poll by philosopher Stephen Law asked atheists about their belief in the existence of God. The results were interesting. Atheists only: do you believe Jesus was real, that Jesus is a myth, […]

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What I Wish Pro-Choice People Understood

Apologetics and Theology

Today I heard the criticisms of a pro-choice politician against a pro-life politician. The one politician had spoken at a pro-life rally and the other accused of him of being “anti-women and anti-choice.” The goal […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Progress in Defining “Being Alive” – Wesley J. Smith Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 8 – Mark McGee Friedrich Max Müller […]

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Different Kinds of Atheists

Apologetics and Theology

You meet a person who identifies as an atheist. But what does that mean? Obviously it means they don’t believe in God. But it is actually much more complicated than that. How do I know? […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Do Christian Parents Have to be Perfect? – Michael Kruger Biblical Archaeology with Dr. Ted Wright – Misty Callahan How Can We Instill a Faith […]

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Restless Faith – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I continue to hold onto the label ‘evangelical’ even though I know there is a lot of baggage that is accompanied with that. I consider myself to be a moderate, which can be lonely. I’m […]

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A Theology of the New Testament – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I recently read George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament. This book has been on my shelf for quite a while but I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Book Review: So The Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace – Alisa […]

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Where Was Jesus Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians focus on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But where was Jesus between those two events? The easy answer is the grave. However, when people ask […]

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Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most powerful moments in the passion narrative is when Jesus on the cross calls out to his Father. Matthew records it this way: About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Hail Scientism! (But only when it’s convenient…) – Steve Schramm Apologetics and the Indoctrinated American Atheist – Randal Rauser A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic […]

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The Cross and Cosmic Child Abuse

Apologetics and Theology

The cross (along with the resurrection) is the central theme of Christianity. There is a reason that Christians use a cross as our symbol. But is the cross a good or bad thing? Some skeptics […]

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POWER Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

One of the things that I enjoy writing about is the practical application of apologetics. Knowing specific arguments is not effective if we don’t have a healthy model for apologetics. Thinking about apologetics, I came […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundip

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. The women of the Bible have so much to teach us – why aren’t we listening? – Danielle Welch Life Requires Galactic and Supergalactic Habitable Zones […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that are worth checking out. Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 4 – Mark McGee The Waiting Time Problem Makes Darwinism Bunk, Here’s Why – Daniel Currier What is the ‘Language […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. What Does God Need With a Starship? – Mark Goodnight Book Plunge: Religious Epistemology – Nick Peters When Indifference to Sin is Sin – Doug […]

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Science and the Soul

Apologetics and Theology

I was reading Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction and I came across this quote by Susan Blackmore: If each person has a spirit or soul, as well as a brain, then science ought to be […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Is Modal Realism? – Adrian Urias Don’t Assume Non-Christians are Atheists – Logan Judy How Can I Trust the Gospel Accounts When Some Are […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Three

Apologetics and Theology

This morning I had my third meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. It has been the same lead person each of the three visits, but a different helper each time. I had mentioned last time that […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Although the Kingdom of God is not often talked about in churches today, it was the main topic of Jesus’ preaching. I believe that an understanding of the Kingdom is essential for Christians. Some people […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What is Substitutionary Atonement? – Jonathan Morrow God Directed or Human Orchestrated? – Bob Eckhard Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for […]

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Mere Discipleship – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the topics that I’m most interested in is discipleship and one of my favourite contemporary authors is Alister McGrath. So I was pretty happy when I received Alister McGrath’s Mere Discipleship. What did […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Two B

Jehovah's Witnesses

The first part of our conversation was about the Tetragrammaton in the New Testament. While there is some rhetorical effect here, it is not an essential goal for my conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Go and check out these apologetics-related posts. Straight Thinking: St. Augustine on Three Aspects of Creation – Kenneth Samples How to Avoid Despair at Our Crumbling Culture – Sean McDowell An Apologetic for Apologetics with […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Two A

Jehovah's Witnesses

Today I had my second conversation with a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses who came to my house. The one change was that the senior witness didn’t bring his assistant but instead brought his wife. At […]

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Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Part of being good at Christian apologetics simply avoiding some unhealthy practices. Even if you don’t know the answer to every question, you can still be effective by avoiding these seven deadly sins. Being nasty […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Introverted Evangelism – not an oxymoron! – Laura Martin Question of the Week: Can Eternity have a Beginning? – Mentionables How Do We Explain Talking Donkeys […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part One

Jehovah's Witnesses

I have started meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. My plan is to share how our conversations go after each meeting. Today we talked about two topics. Much of our conversation was about the kingdom of […]

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Going Beyond Personal Convictions

Apologetics and Theology

It is good to have personal convictions. Whether religious or not, we all have certain beliefs or values that we hold tightly to. But what happens when they go beyond personal convictions? I’m speaking from […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Mr. Spock’s Lessons in Logical Fallacies – Mark Goodnight Book Plunge: Christian Delusion Chapter 7 – Nick Peters Learning from Anthony Bradley While Reading His Liberating […]

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Rudolf Bultmann and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

Rudolf Bultmann was no friend of evangelicals. In fact during the mid-twentieth century, we would have been seen by many as the enemy. Bultmann believed that the New Testament was filled with myth. The virgin […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I recently came across. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – a critical review – Marcus Paul Is Belief in God Falsifiable? – Zachary Arden How to Avoid Using “Christianese” […]

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The Jesus Myth and the Appeal to Authority

Apologetics and Theology

Critics of the Jesus Myth Theory often point out that by far the majority of historians and biblical scholars accept the historicity of Jesus. They also state that most Josephus scholars accept the Testamonium Flavianum […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Does the Resurrection entail the deity of Christ? – Steve (Tribalogue) Reasonable Faith Animated Videos: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? 1- The Facts 2- […]

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Letter to an Aspiring Apologist

Apologist

So you want to become an apologist. Good for you. There is more of a need for quality apologetics now than ever before. But the key is quality. The internet is a great means of […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. What Is Science? Define Your Terms – Alan Shlemon God, Teach Me to be Less Indifferent – Steve Schramm Some Christians say the world is […]

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Why I Am Not Roman Catholic

This is not an attack on Roman Catholics. Baptists have had a reputation for being anti-Catholic but that is not where I’m coming from. I have friends and family who are Roman Catholic and never […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Yes, Justin Welby speaks in tongues. So do half a billion other Christians – Justin Brierley Former Atheist & Philosophy Professor On How Studying Philosophy […]

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Everyone is an Apologist

Apologist

I chuckle when I hear Christians criticize apologetics because everyone is an apologist. I don’t mean everyone should be an apologist but everyone is an apologist. This is not limited to Christians. Apologetics was around […]

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Introduction to Biblical Interpretation – Review

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Many years ago, a couple of Roman Catholic ladies came to my parents’ door. They asked me if I knew the reason for most of the problems in the world. Their answer? “Too many people […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Keeping the Debate Over Undeniable on Track – Douglas Axe Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 7 – Mark McGee Paul Copan […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. A Simple Christian Apology – Roger Browning Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic – J. Warner Wallace TV Tropes in the Book […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Happy New Year…You’re at War – Alan Shlemon Existential Reasons for God’s Existence – Eric Chabot Debate Video: Albert Mohler vs. Gary Collins- Does Scripture […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. The Birth of Emmanuel, The Second Big Bang – Marilyn Tyner 2 in 5 millennials don’t know who the baby in the crib is. […]

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Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Apologetics and Theology

Jesus Mythicists frequently comment on Paul’s lack of description of aspects of Jesus’ life, including the virgin birth. Does Paul omission of this event mean that Paul was unaware of it or rejected it? It […]

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On the Historicity of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Is believing in Jesus the same thing as believing in Santa Claus? It depends on what you mean by that. Jesus and Santa Claus (St Nicholas) both existed. So there is some similarity there. But […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. Would Human Extinction Be Immoral? – Michael Egnor Rhetoric and CS Lewis – Part 1 – Mark McGee The Reason for […]

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Where is the Rapture in the Book of Revelation?

Rapture

I spent much of my 20s in a Pentecostal church which stressed the rapture. What is the rapture? It is the belief that God will rescue his people from earth. I will get into the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts to check out. Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies? – J. Warner Wallace Whirled Views – Terrell Clemmons Background Christianity – Nick Peters A Prayer Guided by the […]

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Transcending Vision – Review

Transcending Vision

I have gotten to know Don McIntosh over the last couple of years and even wrote the foreword to his previous book. I was quite happy when he offered to send me his newest book, […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Adam and Eve and the Human Genome: An Interview with Dennis Venema – Apologetics Canada Was John’s Use of the Logos a Jewish Concept? – […]

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Understanding the Pro-Choice Position

Pro-choice

I am firmly pro-life, having become pro-life before I was a Christian and when I was still an atheist. This is as strong a belief as I have. However, I see numerous statements by pro-lifers […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you might want to check out. Do bad children go to hell? – Randal Rauser What did Jesus mean when he said, “My Kingdom is not of this world”? […]

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Reading the Bible in Context

I believe that a lot of our problems and misunderstandings about the Bible and Christianity would be solved if we read Bible passages in context. I love it when Greg Koukl reminds us to “never […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. How JFK and C. S. Lewis Influenced My Life – Kenneth Samples Do We Make Our Own Meaning in Life? – Jo Vitale Girl, I […]

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Top Five Experiences as an Apologist

Apologist

I have been involved in apologetics almost as long as I have had an adult faith. Apologetics is simply providing reasons for belief. Since I came out of a number of years as an atheist, […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that are worth checking out. News for the Birds — Smart, Gymnastic, Flute-Playing, Surviving – Discovery Institute Response to the Historical Jesus & Pagan Parallels [#8] – James Bishop Is […]

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The Problem With An Atheist Pastor

Atheist

The United Church of Canada has given their final decision that Gretta Vosper can remain in her position of minister of West Hill United Church, despite being an atheist. Vosper had previously been found unsuitable […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Why Christian Apologists Must Remember Death – Brett Lunn A Guide to Purposeful Conversations – Logan Judy The Problem With Answering the Problem of Evil […]

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Top Five Apologetics Books for Beginners

Apologetics and Theology

I am turning fifty in a couple of weeks. I considered doing some sort of top fifty post but that sounded too hard. So I am going to do ten different top five posts. The […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Lisa Gungor’s Most Beautiful Thing: An Ode to Relativism – Alisa Childers “The Count of Monte Cristo” – Faith, Vengeance, and Destiny – J.W. Wartick […]

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The Biggest Change in My Theology

Conversion

My theology has changed in many areas, from my understanding of creation to my view of the end times. But I would say that the biggest change has been my theology of conversion. I grew […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across. Go and check them out. Ambassador at Work – Mikel Del Rosario Do We Have Reasons to Believe in God’s Existence? – Brian Chilton What Does […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Perfectly Communicating Error? – Rich Davis Who is Christ for Us Today? Bonhoeffer’s Final Questions – Charles Marsh Lawrence […]

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Should Christians Practice Yoga?

Apologetics and Theology

I wrote an article about Christians and yoga for the CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students. I understand that this a controversial subject for some Christians but this is my perspective. Here is my article. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Does the success of Christianity provide a prima facie reason to believe it is true? – Randal Rauser Seven Ways to Approach the Existence of […]

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What to Do When Your Child Says They No Longer Believe

Apologetics and Theology

Of all the roles that I have, the one I feel the most pressure for is that of a parent, especially a Christian parent. I want my children to grow up to be good and […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Why your Bible App’s ‘verse of the day’ feature could be skewing your view of God – Pete Phillips The Christian Apologetics Mandate – […]

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The Foundation For Most Atheist Arguments

Atheist

I have listened to many arguments from atheists, both as a participants and as an observer. I have noticed a common theme. Much of what atheists say is not evidence for God’s non-existence or even […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Christians Believe Jesus Physically Rose From The Dead – Right? – Mark McGee Science Series and an Apologetic Resource: “Scientism and Secularism” – J. Steve […]

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Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist – Review

Nietzsche

One of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century (although not during his lifetime) was Friedrich Nietzsche. I have read a number of his books, and while he has an interesting style, I struggled […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Ben Watkins: Why I Am an Atheist – Cameron Bertuzzi Why Would They Write That? How Embarrassing Details Support the Bible – Misty Callahan Four […]

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